Causes of the Civil War: The Differences Between the North by Shane Mountjoy

By Shane Mountjoy

In 1861, american citizens grew to become engaged in a bloody civil warfare within which greater than 600,000 american citizens misplaced their lives. The clash begun after numerous states withdrew from the Union. This name examines the sectional rivalries that surfaced within the early nineteenth century and intensified within the many years prime as much as the warfare.

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61 62 causes of the civil war other, led many in 1861 to conclude that the South needed to leave the Union. Historian William Earl Weeks explains that justifying expansion with Manifest Destiny presented a persuasive argument. ” Thus, Manifest Destiny became a political weapon, wielded by advocates of expansion. Those advocates wrapped their arguments in a fierce patriotic spirit, often concealing their true intentions. For some, those intentions were nothing less than the acquisition of territory in order to expand slavery.

Calhoun offered his leadership to calm the situation. The vice president now openly embraced nullification as an alternative to secession. His home state listened to him, and in the 1832 elections the citizens voted in a majority of legislators who favored nullification. The new state legislature called for a state convention to examine the national tariff laws. State elections chose delegates, most of whom favored nullification. The convention met and declared both the Tariff of 1828 and the Tariff of 1832 null and void within South Carolina.

The ­antislavery movement needed a new vision and new leadership. Stepping into that role was a fearless and uncompromising editor named William Lloyd Garrison. Born in 1805 in Massachusetts, the ­teenaged Garrison was apprenticed to learn the printing trade. Garrison learned the newspaper business and grew to despise slavery. After working for a moderate ­antislavery newspaper, the young printer decided to put his talents to use for a greater cause. Garrison ended up in Boston, where in 1831 he founded the ­antislavery news­paper The Liberator.

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